Friday, April 09, 2004

E.S.T – Live in London, November 2003

E.S.T. stands for the Esbjörn Svensson Trio, and much like The Bad Plus, they are “not your fathers" piano trio. Svensson is joined by bassist Daniel Berglund, and drummer Magnus Öström for this concert. Theit music is a little difficult to describe – they are an acoustic piano trio that uses electronic flourishes to augment their sound. This is done in a very tasteful way and it does not interfere with the music, it's omewhat akin to the sound that Brad Mehldau got on last year’s interesting Largo. The Scandinavian jazz musicians seem to take more easily into the intermeshing of electronics and acoustic instrumentations then do their American counterparts. Considering the rapturous applause during this concert, it would seem that this group has quite a following in the U.K. and around Europe as well – they’re an interesting group, one to keep an eye on.

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